This twenty-four-page book has important earmarks about Queen Rania Al-Abdullah's life as Queen of Jordan. She is young, attractive, with three young children of her own. She takes time out from her humanitarian duties to stay close to her family. Her five areas of concentration are education, health and safety, youth issues, women's rights and culture, and tourism. Also, her thoughts are quoted verbatim. Busy as she is, the major influences in Rania's life is her family. Her husband is one of her role models. She takes her children often on her travels and reads to them every night. She helps them with their homework. The organizations Rania originated or takes an active role in, are ones that help women and children. Two pages of Tait's book instruct the reader on ways to write a biography. It will help students who have never written a biography or students who are unsure about how to go about writing one. A helpful time line and a page telling readers how to find further research are given. A “Words to Know” page and an “Index” at the close of the book will be helpful. Seven “Remarkable People” listed are of interest. This book will be of value on social studies shelves in middle and high school libraries. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
School Library Journal
These books briefly describe the subjects' childhood, key influences throughout their lives, and achievements and successes. There is a page devoted to their career or avocation, for instance, Warren Buffet's investment work, Bono's role as a celebrity activist, Steve Irwin's work as a conservationist, and Queen Rania L-Abdullah's humanitarian efforts. The writing is simple and straightforward. However, the same statement or factual information oftentimes appears in two different places within a book. Each volume is well illustrated with clear photos and graphics. Back matter includes instructions for writing a biography; there are no bibliographies or sources. Purchase only where introductory biographies are in demand for older reluctant readers or ESL students.
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